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White, Benoni William

Off topic

Benoni William White
Government Pictorial Post Cards.

We have just received copies of a series of ten pictorial post cards, now being issued by the New Zealand Government, of tourist and health resorts. Those little gems of lithographic art form a set of pictures in miniature (with occasional "bits" of decorative design on margins) truly characteristic of many of the beauties of New Zealand scenery.

There are views of town and city; also views of mountain ranges, some with snow-peaks roseate with sunset glow; lakes, rich with those liquid reflections for which some waters are remarkable. Of these lake scenes, that of Rotorua particularly depicts the Maori inhabitants with their fondness for open-air ablution, revelling in favourite waters at once soothing and restorative.

The view of Wanganui River again gives us the charming effect always afforded by the quality of transparency in water, with its reflecting powers. This river, as shewn by this scene, has been most aptly named "The New Zealand Rhine." Natural conditions forbid the introduction into this picture of the castle, keep, or stronghold which is such a prevalent picture along the European Rhine, yet we notice that the Maori canoe; has been prominently placed, revealing the Maori at home on our own Rhine, on which, we are pleased to know, are many "strongholds" of his native customs and pursuits.

Water, with its attendant blessings so amply enjoyed in New Zealand, is also represented in another aspect — that of the waterfall. This fall is attractive in its breadth and suggestiveness of great volume (like a diminutive Niagara). In complete contrast to the waterfall is the view of the geyser, whose jet d'eau increases to colossal proportions as its ascending column rushes towards cloudland, there dispersing and descending to terra firma in showers or rain and masses of mist and spray. The moonlight scene gives a very decided change in style. The bay here is calm and placid, as if soothed to rest by the spell so often exercised by the silver-mantled "queen of night."

The "Maori" card, we think, will be an especial favourite for postal despatch over the seas. In this little landscape we have the Maori pa set in characteristic scenery. The lake or river, with its distant reaches backed by the purplish-blue hills and a rich ruddy sunset above and beyond, has the middle-distance slopes verdant with masses of dense bush. Some natives are going through a "haka." in the pa, and others are suitably posed.

We may mention that these cards are the work of Mr A. D. Willis's lithographic department, and compare favourably with any work of the kind produced in the Old Country. The sketches and drawings throughout are, by Mr Benoni White. It may be remembered that it was Mr White's sketch for the Royal-Visit Rotorua Invitation Card that brought to Wanganui (Mr Willis's Printing Works) the work of printing those cards. We are pleased to know that this highclass order of work is being brought into our midst, thus placing Wanganui in the front rank of the lithographic industry.

The price of these postal cards is fixed at the astonishingly low figure of one penny each. They are rapidly selling all over the colony. We warmly commend them to our townspeople. Mr A. D. Willis has a, supply on hand at present.

Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXXVII, Issue 11746, 24 September 1902

White, Benoni William, d 1950: Lake Rotorua, New Zealand. Benoni White, del. New Zealand Post Card (carte postale) issued by the New Zealand Government Department of Tourist & Health Resorts. W R Bock, sc. A D Willis, Lithographer, Wanganui, NZ [1904?]. Ref: Eph-A-POSTCARDS-White-04-B. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

White, Benoni fl 1900s:
Wanganui River, New Zealand. Benoni White del. A D Willis, lithographer, Wanganui, N.Z. [1902]. New Zealand. Department of Tourist and Health Resorts :[Six postcards illustrated by Benoni White and published by A D Willis. 1902]. Ref: Eph-A-POSTCARDS-1902-01-2.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. 

Bock, William Rose, 1847-1932. White, Benoni William, d 1950: Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Benoni White, del. New Zealand Post Card (carte postale) issued by the New Zealand Government Department of Tourist & Health Resorts. W R Bock, sc. A D Willis, Lithographer, Wanganui, NZ [1902-1905?]. Ref: Eph-A-POSTCARDS-White-01. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. 

 White, Benoni fl 1900s :Lake Manawapouri, New Zealand. Benoni White del. A D Willis, lithographer, Wanganui, N.Z. [1902].. New Zealand. Department of Tourist and Health Resorts :[Six postcards illustrated by Benoni White and published by A D Willis. 1902]. Ref: Eph-A-POSTCARDS-1902-01-3. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. 

We have to thank Mr A. D. Willis for a set (10) of the new post-cards issued by the New Zealand Government Tourist Department. These cards have been turned out from the lithographic department at Mr Willis', and reflect the highest credit on the artist and printers, concerned.

The views are as follow: — Auckland harbour, Stewart Island waterfall, Wanuganui River, Maori kainga, Stewart Island, geyser, Whakarewarewa, Lake Rotorua, Lake Manawapouri, Queenstown, and Lake Taupo, each one being a real gem in itself.

We may mention that the Tourist Department are delighted with the work, and Mr Willis should be justly proud of it. Special mention should be made of Mr Benoni White, the artist, who has so faithfully depicted the New Zealand scenery, Maori life, etc. We have not seen anything neater and prettier in the post-card line, and as the price is one penny each we feel certain the sale will be enormous. Mr Willis will post a set of the ten to any address for 11d in stamps, or they can be had singly at one penny each, postage extra.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXVI, Issue 10756, 24 September 1902

The Price Photo Company

The Price Photo Company
Herne Bay, Auckland.
William Archer Price and Alfred George Jasper

Auckland Star, Volume LIV, Issue 55, 6 March 1923


Peter Pan Studio
James Atkinson
Newton, Auckland
72 Manners Street, Wellington

born 1 November 1886 Blackpool, England
son of James Edward Atkinson and Emily Atkinson
arrived New Zealand about 191
no. 57895 Gunner served 25 July 1917 to 6 October 1919
died 19 April 1947 Wellington aged 60 years*
buried 21 April 1947 Karori Cemetery, Wellington, Soldiers Section, plot 1Q/3.

*head stone and cemetery records show age as 61 years

Free Lance, Volume XV, Issue 827, 5 May 1916
[this notice first appeared in the Free Lance on 28 April 1916 and continued until 12 January 1917]

Free Lance, Volume XVII, Issue 923, 21 March 1918

Called in the Ballot
No. 1 Military Service Board
Sitting in Wellington
James Atkinson, photographer, Wellington, applied for temporary exemption for one month. Decision was deferred till 27th June—to give Atkinson time to sell his photographic apparatus.
Evening Post, Volume XCIII, Issue 130, 1 June 1917

Disposal of a Business. James Atkinson (32), photographer, living at the Caledonian Hotel, appealed on the ground of undue hardship. He stated that he wanted a month's exemption to enable him to dispose of his plant and business. Captain Walker: "Why not store your plant until you come back?" The appellant: "There is always the possibility of my not coming back." The case was adjourned until the 27th inst.
New Zealand Times, Volume XLII, Issue 9676, 2 June 1917

Manners Street Fire
The Fire Brigade was called at 11.0 p.m. yesterday to an outbreak in Manning's Buildings, 72, Manners street. The fire started in a room on the first floor used for finishing work by James Atkinson, a photographer. This, with its contents, was severely damaged by fire and water. The contents of Mr. Manning's office on the ground floor suffered from water. Mr. Atkinson's plant was covered by a policy for £600 in the Alliance Office. The insurances on the building and Mr. Manning's material are not available.
Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 131, 5 June 1928

Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 131, 5 June 1928

 photo by Peter Pan Studio, 72 Manners Street, Wellington also Newton, Auckland

New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXII, Issue 22150, 2 July 1935

Auckland Star, Volume LXVI, Issue 230, 28 September 1935

photo by Peter Pan Studio, Newton, Auckland, also 72 Manners Street, Wellington
no. 2370 - B

photo by Peter Pan Studio, Newton
no. 7311 / 2

photo by Peter Pan Studio, Newton, also 72 Manners Street, Wellington
phone 2499
no. 7536 - B

GAUSSEN, Philip Ash

Philip Ash Gaussen
 Oamaru / Timaru

born circa 1840
died 28 September 1882 aged 42 years (1) Christchurch, New Zealand
buried 30 September 1882 Addington Cemetery, Christchurch (2)

North Otago Times, Volume 1, Issue 5, 24 March 1864 
[this notice continued in the North Otago Times until 12 May 1864

Timaru Herald, Volume I, Issue 5, 9 July 1864, Page 5

Timaru Herald, Volume I, Issue 16, 24 September 1864

North Otago Times, Volume II, Issue 36, 27 October 1864 

Philip Gaussen was sent to the Lunatic Asylum for safe custody.
Press, Volume XII, Issue 1449, 1 July 1867


Press, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5325, 29 September 1882

(1) BDM - 1882/4809 Gaussen Philip Ash 42 years
(2) Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database - under the name Philip Gunssan, in their transcript.

READ, Sidney Percy

Sidney Percy Read
born 29 October 1875, reg.1875/13508   
son of Zipporah Mary Bedford and Walter Read (draper)
[they married  22 Aug 1865, St Mary, Islington, England]

 Marlborough Express, Volume XXXII, Issue 256, 23 November 1897

Photography.— Mr S. P Read, who, during his stay in Havelock, has shewn much skill in the photographic art, announces that he will pay a visit to all parts of the Pelorus Sound during next month. He intends leaving Havelock in the first week of December, and, from the high-class work he has produced locally, it may be anticipated his visit will be productive of pleasure and success.
Pelorus Guardian and Miners' Advocate, Volume 9, Issue 94, 25 November 1898

Thermal Areas

Thermal Areas
of the 
North Island

no description

Waikiti Geyser, Whakarewarewa
E. Le Grice, Photo

Twins Geyser in action, Wairekei
G. T. Chapman, Auckland

Boiling Mud, Rotorua

The Inferno, Tikitere

Eagle's Nest (Dormant) Wairakei

Green Lake, Rotokakahi

no description

Boiling Pools, Tikitere, Rotorua

Champagne Pool, Wairekei

no description

Waikiti Geyser, Rotorua

The Eagle's Nest Geyser in action, Wairakei

Steam Clouds, Waimangu Geyser
Valentine's Series

The Crow's Nest, Geyser Cone, Taupo
Valentine's Series

Malfroy Geyser, Rotorua

Kereru Geyser, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua,
R. G. Marsh Photo